first_imgWHEN: Sat. Feb. 10thTIMES:10:00am – 12:30pm – for Kids and Teens – $100+ taxes & fees – CLICK HERE02:00pm – 05:30pm – for Adults – $125+ taxes & fees – CLICK HERELOCATION: Milestone Casting Studios – 400 Eastern Ave #201a, Toronto, ON M4M 2K9ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:  Our workshop is not geared towards teaching you how to act….you hopefully already know how to do that 🙂• I am going to teach you how to give your best audition.• How to stand out in a video or live audition, giving you the best tools you need to impress a Casting Director or client.• How to walk in that door with everything you need to best optimize your chances.Sometimes, it’s simply out of one’s control in our subjective world … but there are things you can do to truly enhance your chances, be it a live audition or a self-taped one.This session will cover Live Auditioning and Video Auditioning, as well as a variety of exercises and techniques including but not limited to improv work, on-camera scene work/auditioning techniques, audition do’s and don’ts… plus a variety of fun acting exercises along the way.Check-out Matthew’s 3 videos below Morgan Casting Film Demo Reel, Commercial Demo Reel and his eBOSS Interview MORGAN CASTING FILM DEMO REEL MATTHEW MORGAN’S BIO:Matthew got his first taste of being in the industry in the fall of 1995 while working on Joel Schumacher’s A TIME TO KILL; a feature that was being filmed in his hometown of Canton, MS. This moment changed his career path, and he hasn’t looked back since.Graduating in International Business and Foreign Languages, Matthew moved to Canada and immersed himself in the industry and the multiculturalism. He learned the casting ropes from established casting directors in Toronto before he eventually opened up his own casting company in December of 2004. Having studied in both France and Spain, Toronto was a perfect, multicultural city in which to start his casting company, Morgan Casting Inc.Matthew specialized in casting real people, street casting and finding tough, specialty characters not always found though an agency. Nothing was impossible to find, and Matthew was known for his hard work ethic and charming people skills. After building up a real-people database, he eventually moved into casting actors and focused on commercials and TV series. Finally, Matthew returned to his home state to cast in his hometown of Canton, MS, on a William Faulkner Film, AS I LAY DYING, directed by and starring James Franco. Morgan had finally come full circle; he is doing what he loves most – casting movies! And his background in real-people casting helps him find the undiscovered actors for those hard-to-fill roles.Matthew has since enjoyed casting on feature films, TV series and commercials across North American, working in diverse places and truly excelling at being mobile with his work. From Arkansas to Washington State…Vancouver to Montreal … Matthew has been able to successfully set up temporary offices for every project. He truly enjoys casting on location in diverse places, staying true to his love of travel, culture, languages and challenging work.Matthew Morgan is proudly both Canadian & American, as well as a member of both country’s casting guilds, CDC & CSAMATTHEW’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:FACEBOOK: – @morgancastingINSTAGRAM: HERE TO SIGN-UP FOR THE ‘ACTORS WORKSHOP’ Facebook 10 QUESTION WITH MATTHEW MORGANCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP FOR THE ‘ACTORS WORKSHOP’ Advertisement Twitter If you haven’t taken this workshop yet – you shouldTHE ACTORS WORKSHOPby U.S. & Canadian Casting Director MATTHEW MORGAN (MORGAN CASTING)center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement MORGAN CASTING COMMERCIAL DEMO REELlast_img read more

Ban Kimoon disappointed by Myanmars attempt to end UN officials service

Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a letter to the world body that it does not want UN Resident Coordinator Charles Petrie to continue his work in the country.The letter, which was signed by the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, cited a statement released by the UN Country Team – headed by Mr. Petrie – on 24 October which referred to socio-economic issues in Myanmar.Authorities “said that [Mr. Petrie] had acted beyond his capacity by issuing the Country Team statement on UN Day about the socio-economic situation in the country and the Government considered that inappropriate,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.No time frame was given by Myanmar for Mr. Petrie to leave the country, and Ms. Montas stressed that “he has not been declared persona non grata.”According to a statement, Mr. Ban “has full confidence in the United Nations Country Team and its leadership and appreciates their contribution to the improvement of the socio-economic and humanitarian conditions for the people of Myanmar.”The UN Development Programme (UNDP) also voiced its strong support for Mr. Petrie, “who has always abided by the principles and charter of the United Nations,” and that it supports last month’s statement made by the Country Team.Ms. Montas noted that the Secretary-General also endorses the 24 October statement.At a meeting this morning at the Istanbul airport, Mr. Ban gave instructions to Ibrahim Gambari, his Special Adviser, to convey his views directly to Myanmar’s authorities when Mr. Gambari begins his visit to the country tomorrow.Upon his arrival in Myanmar, the Special Adviser is scheduled to meet with Mr. Petrie. 2 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed disappointment over Myanmar’s decision to call for an end to the service of the highest-ranking United Nations official in the South-East Asian nation. read more

Top UN official welcomes European Union climate change deal

“This is a sign of developed countries’ resolve and courage that the world has been waiting for in Poznan,” said Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The Poznan conference marks the half-way point in efforts to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding regime for reducing emissions whose first commitment period ends in 2012. The EU plan, reached in Brussels, reportedly elaborates how the group’s 27 member countries will cut carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.The deal “shows the world that ambitious emission reduction goals by 2020 are in line with moving economic recovery in a green direction,” Mr. de Boer said, adding that “this will contribute to propelling the world towards a strong, ambitious and ratifiable outcome in Copenhagen in 2009.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Poznan gathering yesterday, calling for renewed global solidarity to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and the financial crisis. He told the high level officials from nearly all UN Member States that the world cannot afford to let economic woes hinder progress on “the defining challenge of our era.” 12 December 2008The top United Nations climate change official has welcomed a plan agreed by European Union leaders to fight global warming, which was announced today as international negotiations led by the world body toward a new agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions wrapped up in Poznan, Poland. read more

Mackintoshs Hill House to be enclosed in giant cage as part of

first_img“The structure is effectively a porous cage, albeit a beautifully designed one, that still allows some movement of air and a degree of moisture penetration. This is essential to ensure the walls do not dry out too quickly and crumble as a result.”While the Hill House is being protected from the elements, our conservation and architectural heritage teams can start work to find solutions that will respect the historic and design integrity of the building, meet the standards and obligations required by its listed status and ensure that this precious place will survive to inspire future generations.”The temporary enclosure is see-through, which means that the building will still be visible from the outside, despite its respite from the elements after a century of being drenched.”The enclosure is expected to go up next year and could be in place for a number of years. The trust hopes to help pay for the work with a £4 million fundraising project.Born in 1868, Mackintosh trained as an architect and created much admired buildings including the Glasgow School of Art and Scotland Street School in Glasgow, as well as distinctive furniture.Fans of his work include the Hollywood star Brad Pitt, who visited Hill House in 2011 while he was shooting the film World War Z. A giant enclosure is to be built round a famous but flawed Charles Rennie Mackintosh mansion while conservation teams attempt to save it from Scotland’s west coast climate. Simon Skinner, NTS chief executive, said: “As our president, Neil Oliver, put it, the Hill House is in danger of ‘dissolving like an aspirin in a glass of water’.”We are building what amounts to a shield around and above the Hill House to keep wind and rain out and give the building a chance to dry. The Hill House in HelensburghCredit:PA The building will remain open to the public while conservationists are at work.center_img The Hill House in Helensburgh was built by the renowned architect and designer as a “home for the future” between 1902 and 1904, for the publisher Walter Blackie.Mackintosh wanted to dispense with fussy Victorian and Edwardian external detailing in favour of a shockingly plain exterior, and made use of a new material, Portland cement, to form a smooth render.The result was admired and criticised in equal measure at the time, but has been allowing water to soak into the walls from the day it was applied.Decades of wind and rain have since saturated the structure, threatening the long-term survival of Mackintosh’s “domestic masterpiece”, and the bespoke interior that he and his wife Margaret MacDonald created for their client.The National Trust for Scotland, which owns the property in Helensburgh, now plans to put a transparent “cage”, designed by architects Carmody Groarke, around the building to keep the elements out. hill house Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Stephen Fry poses the great Geogheghan question

first_imgTHIS AFTERNOON STEPHEN Fry found himself asking the eternal question:  How the hell do you pronounce Geogheghan?After a few misguided responses… He came to the correct conclusion.In case you’re wondering, a schwa is a reduced vowel sound.  Like the ‘a’ in about, ‘e’ in taken or ‘i’ in pencil.  We weren’t sure either.25 celebrity duos you may not have known were BFFs>VIDEO: Your weekend movies – Bruce Willis kicks ass, Paul Rudd shows his off>11 reasons Chechnya’s president is winning at Instagram> And a few Irish “names” wading in…last_img

2012 in science tech 10 stories that defined the year

first_imgTallying up the year’s most important work in science is a fool’s errand. After all, what does “important” really mean? Such a list made in 1952 would probably would have omitted research into the structure of DNA, and been right to do so, but in the wake of Francis and Crick’s famous publication the decision would have seemed shortsighted. In other words, we can never really tell what’s going to pan out, and we would be just as silly to confine ourselves to just the commercial and practical worlds.Below is a list of the ten fields in science which progressed the most in 2012, all of which were practically useful or emotional bracing. These are the fields that defined 2012 as the latest in a long string of world-changing years.The Higgs BosonOne downside of doing your science on an international scale, building your equipment as much with public support as government funding, is that the public actually pays attention. It took an uncomfortably long time to find the Higgs Boson, on the existence of which the multi-billion dollar LHC had been predicated. It took even longer to decide if the findings were official, overblown, or mistaken. Finally, the Higgs Boson was officially confirmed, with 99.99997% certainty, no less. The latest news supposes a twin to the Higgs that is slightly less massive, but the evidence is still very preliminary.Regardless, confirmation of the Higgs has solidified the foundations of a whole generation of theoretical research that tacitly assumed its existence. More detailed analysis of the readings from the LHC will likely introduce some new wrinkle into physics, in the form of a twin particle or some other way. The Higgs Boson was the last remaining piece needed to confirm the Standard Model of physics, and to thus finalize its total inability to explain quantum phenomena. Readings from the LHC seem like the most likely source for that next crucial piece of evidence, the slight variation from expected values that will illuminate the relationship between the standard and quantum fields in physics.The Higgs Boson was the biggest science story of 2012. It was the latest necessary step down the long road to a theory of everything.Next page: A rover lands on Mars… 1 2 3 … 10last_img read more

Lloyds of London has banned staff from drinking during work hours

first_imgLloyds of London has banned staff from drinking during work hours The rule change only applies to Lloyd’s staff and not the insurance brokers and underwriters based in the same building. Image: Nigel French 15,740 Views I ate the cheapest cheeseburgers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Wendy’s was best by a slice. Image: Nigel French Short URL Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM STAFF AT LONDON’S 328-year old insurance market, Lloyd’s of London, have been banned from drinking between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to a report in the Evening Standard earlier this week.The 800 employees face being sacked for “gross misconduct” if caught boozing during work hours, the Standard said, as part of changes made to the company’s employee handbook.The rule change only applies to Lloyd’s staff and not the insurance brokers and underwriters based in the same building.A spokesman for Lloyd’s told The Telegraph: “Our employee guidance was recently updated and provided clarification on the Corporation’s position on drinking alcohol during the working day, which is prohibited.”A daytime tipple is popular among staff working in insurance.An insider told the Financial Times that ”it still goes on more than you might expect. There is still a short hours and long lunch culture in some places and there are stories of brokers sitting in pubs handing out contracts like Jabba the Hutt.”Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest insurance market, is having to adapt to a changing world. The company is considering moving some of its operations to Europe and opening a subsidiary abroad to ensure its ability to do business with the continent is not affected once the UK leaves the European Union.Brexit will likely strip the UK of its financial passport — the right to operate across the remaining 27 EU nations.According to Lloyd’s, last year business withinthe European Economic Area ”accounted for £2.93 billion or 11% of Lloyd’s Gross Written Premium.”Read: London orders rubbish bins to stop collecting smartphone dataRead: The IFSC is poised to swoop if US banks go cool on London Experts say the Saudi oil crisis could send oil prices to $150 a barrel if the Iran-US conflict escalates and worsens the global downturn Another Goldman Sachs partner is out. Here’s how CEO David Solomon is shaking up the bank’s most elite ranks and reshaping the Wall Street giant. (GS) 26 Comments CITI: The Saudi oil-field attacks show investors have been ‘persistently mispricing’ oil by ignoring a ‘highly vulnerable’ infrastructure — and now all bets are off Feb 18th 2017, 8:00 AM Share Tweet Email By Business Insider Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Troubles digestifs du prématuré bientôt un nouveau traitement

first_imgTroubles digestifs du prématuré : bientôt un nouveau traitement ?France – Une étude de l’Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) a mis en évidence le rôle des neurones cholinergiques dans la motricité intestinale. Cette découverte pourrait donner lieu à de nouvelles thérapies pour les bébés prématurés souffrant de troubles digestifs.Les nouveau-nés prématurés possèdent des poumons et un système digestif au développement inachevé. Ils connaissent ainsi de nombreux désagréments à la naissance : ralentissement du transit et ballonnements, pour ne citer qu’eux, sont les plus courants.À lire aussiLes jeunes souris peuvent régénérer leur coeur blesséL’Inserm a mené une étude chez des ratons pour découvrir comment se développe la barrière intestinale, et comment fonctionne sa motricité. Le docteur Michel Neunlist s’est penché sur le système nerveux entérique, puisque l’on sait que c’est sa maturation qui permet un bon fonctionnement de l’intestin. Il a ainsi découvert le rôle clé des neurones cholinergiques : l’augmentation de leur nombre permet la libération accrue d’une substance chimique, l’acétylcholine, favorisant l’activité de l’intestin. Chez les prématurés, elle a lieu après la naissance et ce déclenchement tardif engendre les désagréments que l’on connaît. Cette nouvelle piste thérapeutique représente un espoir pour l’amélioration du bien-être des tout-petits. Le butyrate, qui augmente la densité des neurones cholinergiques, pourrait notamment être d’une grande aide.Le 16 août 2010 à 13:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tchernobyl 600 millions deuros encore nécessaires pour finir le sarcophage

first_imgTchernobyl : 600 millions d’euros encore nécessaires pour finir le sarcophage Le projet de construction d’un nouveau sarcophage pour la centrale nucléaire de Tchernobyl nécessite encore 600 millions d’euros. Les autorités ukrainiennes tentent de récupérer la somme pour financer les travaux d’un total d’un milliard et demi d’euros. La centrale ukrainienne de Tchernobyl nécessite la construction d’un nouveau sarcophage. Lors d’une visite organisée pour la presse, le directeur de la zone d’exclusion, Volodymyr Kholocha a fait part des réalisations que nécessite un tel projet. Les travaux consisteront à remplacer la chape de béton fissurée qui avait été construite à la hâte pour recouvrir le quatrième réacteur suite à son explosion en avril 1986. Selon M. Kholocha, le sarcophage actuel légèrement endommagé, provoque “un peu de rejets, mais leur quantité est insignifiante”.   À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylL’estimation du “programme complet des travaux est actuellement évalué à un milliard 540 millions d’euros, dont 990 millions d’euros rien que pour le sarcophage”, estime le directeur. La différence servira à financer les travaux de préparation, de décontamination et d’installation des nouveaux systèmes de sécurité. Pour l’heure, “des dons d’environ 940 millions d’euros ont déjà été annoncés et rassemblés dans le fonds de Tchernobyl ; le manque s’élève donc à environ 600 millions d’euros”. Il indique également que 600 millions d’euros ont déjà été dépensés pour les travaux.  Le projet final devrait aboutir à la mise en place d’une nouvelle enceinte sous forme d’une arche de 108 mètres de haut et pesant 20 000 tonnes. Elle emprisonnera le sarcophage lui-même et devra être déposée par-dessus. Le 2 avril 2011 à 11:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mean Girls SpongeBob SquarePants Lead 2018 Tony Award Nominees

first_img Email “Mean Girls,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” Lead 2018 Tony Award Nominees News Twitter Facebook Who Leads This Year’s Tony Nominees? mean-girls-spongebob-squarepants-lead-2018-tony-award-nominees Blockbuster musicals lead the pack of nominations; Bruce Springsteen to receive special recognition for his one-man showNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 1, 2018 – 8:58 am Nominations for the 72nd Annual Tony Awards were announced on May 1, with a trio of wildly popular musicals leading the way. The Tina Fey-penned “Mean Girls” musical and “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” each earned a whopping 12 nominations. Following close behind, “The Band’s Visit” earned 11 nominations. All three of the top nominated shows are up for Best Musical along with “Frozen,” which earned three nominations.The “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” nomination for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre includes a host of GRAMMY-winning artists, such as Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, John Legend, T.I., Cyndi Lauper, and Lady Antebellum.The Tony Awards also announced their recipients of honors in non-competitive categories, including a Special Tony Award that will be bestowed to Bruce Springsteen for his one-man show “Springsteen On Broadway.” A full list of the nominees and recipients can be found on Playbill.This year’s Tony Awards will be hosted by GRAMMY nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. Bareilles was nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Waitress. The show will air live on Sunday, June 10 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.Pit Players: Meet The Musicians Behind Broadway’s Biggest ShowsRead morelast_img read more

Julian Assanges defense against hacking charges and where it falls short

first_imgAfter weeks of speculation Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by Scotland Yard police officers at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday morning. Jack Taylor / Getty Images Julian Assange’s lawyers are out to see if hacking is protected by the First Amendment.Assange was arrested on Thursday by London’s Metropolitan Police at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he’d been granted asylum for nearly seven years. The WikiLeaks co-founder was found guilty of breaching bail at the Westminster Magistrate’s Court, which could mean a prison sentence of up to 12 months. But Assange’s lawyers have a bigger concern: The US government wants to extradite Assange over hacking charges.In an indictment unsealed on Thursday, the Justice Department charged Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, after he allegedly agreed to crack a password for a classified US government computer. If convicted, Assange could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison. His lawyers argued that the US’ hacking allegations against Assange were an attack on press freedom. “It’s called conspiracy, it’s a conspiracy to commit journalism,” WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said at a press conference. “We urge everybody to support Julian Assange in fighting his extradition.”Press freedom advocates have spoken out against the arrest, arguing that Assange and WikiLeaks were working as journalists through the attempted hacking and publishing of classified information. But media law and security experts disagree with that argument. Share your voice Inside Julian Assange’s office While what WikiLeaks published did have journalistic value — military documents leaked in 2010 showed American attacks in Iraq — Assange isn’t protected if he committed a crime to obtain those documents, experts said. “If someone else broke the law by hacking government sites and then turning over material to WikiLeaks, then that fits into a traditional journalistic function,” said Roy Gutterman, a media law and free speech professor at Syracuse University. “But if WikiLeaks personnel actually did the hacking, then the government might have a strong case.”Journalists have published stolen and classified documents in the past, a press freedom protected through landmark Supreme Court cases like Bartnicki v. Vopper in 2001 and The New York Times v. United States in 1971. But in both of those cases, the press was protected because it wasn’t stealing the documents that it published. By allegedly offering to hack the US’ computers, Assange is going beyond what a journalist would do, said Dave Kennedy,  chief executive at security consultancy TrustedSec.”This is not a boundary that anybody would cross,” Kennedy said. “There’s a fine line between interviewing somebody that robbed a bank, and helping that person rob the bank and then interviewing them.” Hack jobCourt documents allege that Assange communicated with Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley Manning), at that time an intelligence analyst in the US Army. On March 8, 2010, Assange allegedly agreed to help Manning crack a password on a US Department of Defense computer network to obtain classified documents. Figuring out the password would have given Manning access to an account that didn’t belong to her, and continue providing information over to WikiLeaks. If WikiLeaks personnel actually did the hacking, then the government might have a strong case. Roy Gutterman, media law and free speech professor, Syracuse University Now playing: Watch this: US prosecutors argue that the password-cracking agreement broke the law, and they indicted Assange over the alleged hack attempt, not the decision to publish the stolen content. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department didn’t press charges against WikiLeaks, concluding that the work was considered journalism.After Assange’s arrest Thursday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden criticized the US’ charges, calling the allegation weak and “shocking.” Press freedom advocates agreed.”The Trump administration has used the same information to manufacture a flimsy and pretextual indictment involving a ‘conspiracy’ to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act — based entirely on alleged conversations between a journalist and source,” Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, said in a statement. Timm noted that journalists frequently interact with anonymous sources and use encrypted messengers, and that this indictment was a threat to a free press. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University echoed that sentiment, saying that Assange’s actions were “everyday journalistic practices.””Whether the government will be able to establish a violation of the hacking statute remains to be seen, but it’s very troubling that the indictment sweeps in activities that are not just lawful but essential to press freedom,” said Jameel Jaffer, the institute’s executive director. Security experts said that offering to help hack and access documents wasn’t a regular practice they have seen with journalists. “Speaking only on Signal or using SecureDrop, that’s source protection and I’m all about that,” said Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec. “But offering to crack the password hash, that’s moving into a very active role and is an illegal or unauthorized intrusion.” Critics also blasted the Justice Department’s charges by pointing out that Assange’s hacking offer wasn’t successful, but it doesn’t need to be under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Assange is set to appear in court again on May 2, as his lawyers prepare to fight the US’ extradition demands. 2 Politics Securitycenter_img After Julian Assange’s arrest, the US DoJ piles on Tags Comments Julian Assange WikiLeaks 25 Photos 1:26last_img read more

For third straight year Gov Walker proposes budget drawing from Permanent Fund

first_imgAlaska Gov. Bill Walker talks about his budget proposal in Anchorage on Friday as Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher and budget director Pat Pitney look on. The budget for the fiscal year that begins in July 2018 would draw from Permanent Fund earnings. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)For the third straight year, Gov. Bill Walker has proposed a budget that would draw money from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government and reduce the permanent fund dividend. But this time, Walker left a nearly half-billion dollar gap to be filled with other savings.Listen nowGov. Walker proposed a slightly smaller budget for this fiscal year that begins in July, with the portion of the budget that lawmakers focus on falling from $4.2 billion to $4 billion. Nearly half of the budget — or $1.9 billion — would be paid with Permanent Fund earnings.But for the first time, administration officials said the earnings draw is necessary because the state’s other piggy bank, the Constitutional Budget Reserve, is running low.The budget does add funding in one area — $34 million for public safety.“Alaskans don’t feel safe, you know? They just don’t feel safe with what’s happening with crime,” Walker said. “And so our goal is to improve that and increase their level of safety.”Walker proposed a permanent fund dividend of $1,216, which is more than the last two years but less than the amount previously set by the state law.The governor kept a proposal for a 1.5 percent tax on pay from employment. But he limited the tax to the next three years. And he said all of the money would be spent on deferred maintenance on public facilities.Walker also proposed some changes to how the state sets its budget.“There’s no question the process is broken that we use in Alaska on budgeting,” he said.Per diem payments to lawmakers would stop if they don’t pass a budget in the 90-day session set by state law. Lawmakers’ salaries would also be delayed if they miss this deadline, as would the governor’s if the administration misses its Dec. 15 deadline to propose a budget.“I think we need to give ourselves a pink slip before we give pink slips to other people,” Walker said.Another change would shift the state to a two-year budget, in which the Legislature would pass two budgets in one year, and then make amendments to the second budget the following year.And administration officials proposed some accounting changes that they say will make the sources of the money that pay for the budget more transparent.Walker also proposed paying off the tax credits the state owes oil and gas companies by selling bonds.The Legislature will begin work on the budget when the new session starts on Jan. 16.last_img read more

Man dies while trying to escape after burglary attempt in

first_imgAccording to the sources a habituated burglar Jalander of vavillapally of narayanpur mandal while trying to break ATM at Gattuppal ,locals tried to catch him but in the process of escaping by bike,he skid from the vehicle and got severe injuries .This incident took place in wee hours of Wednesday.On information police shifted him to government hospital in Nalgonda and breathed his last while undergoing treatment in hospital.last_img

Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan visiting Vizag today

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Arrangements are in place ahead of the visit of Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan to Visakhapatnam city on Wednesday. In view of the maiden visit of the Governor, District Collector V Vinay Chand visited the circuit house and directed the staff to make all necessary arrangements on Tuesday. He was accompanied by other officials. Later on, the Collector inspected the arrangements at Telugu Museum in Kailasagiri. While reviewing arrangements, Joint Collector L Siva Sankar instructed the officials to see that the visit is conducted in a hassle-free manner. The arrangements for Governor’s visit will be coordinated along with the officials of revenue, VMRDA, Police, GVMC, District Administration, among others. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us According to the schedule, the governor arrives on Wednesday by a special flight and leave to Vijayawada on August 1. He will visit the Eastern Naval Command, Telugu Museum at Kailasagiri, YSR Central Park on the first day of his visit. On Thursday, the Governor will take part in a couple of programmes at Andhra University and visit Visakhapatnam Port Trust before reaching the airport at 7:40 p.m. to return to Vijayawada.last_img read more

Japans new imperial era to be named Reiwa

first_imgJapan`s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new era name `Reiwa` at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, 1 April 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Photo: ReutersJapan’s new imperial era to begin on 1 May, when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor, will be called Reiwa, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday, adding that prime minister Shinzo Abe would explain its meaning shortly in a national address.The era name, or “gengo,” is used widely in Japan – on coins, calendars, newspapers and in official paperwork. Although use of the Western calendar has become widespread, many Japanese count years by gengo or use the two systems interchangeably.Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne will come a day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates on 30 April, ending the Heisei era, which began in 1989. Akihito will be the first emperor to abdicate in Japan in over two centuries.last_img

Pour One Out for the Late MP3 Audio Format

first_img The MPEG-1 Audio Layer III (a.k.a. mp3) coding format is officially dead.Children of the ’90s and noughties can pour one out for the 24-year-old digital configuration.Last month, Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), inventor of the iconic format, terminated its licensing program.“We thank all of our licensees for their great support in making mp3 the defacto audio codec in the world during the past two decades,” Fraunhofer IIS said in a recent statement.A mp3 file takes up 10 percent of the storage space of a CD, allowing music to be quickly transferred over the Internet and stored on portable devices.It also makes it easy for people to download and share tunes illegally, as author Stephen Witt points out in his book “How Music Got Free,” which traces all digital music piracy back to the mp3.A modern mp3 player, according to Fraunhofer IIS, holds between 2,000 and 200,000 minutes of music—more than 130 days of uninterrupted listening. You can’t get that kind of service with a Walkman.” Although there are more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available today, mp3 is still very popular amongst consumers,” the agency said, lamenting the changing technology that made its original compression algorithm obsolete.Don’t worry: Those mp3 files stored on your iPod or external hard drive won’t suddenly disappear. But don’t expect many new devices to support the defunct setup.Newcomers like AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) and MPEG-H “can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to mp3,” the German agency said.It’s true: Designed as the successor to the mp3, AAC—the default for YouTube, Apple iDevices and iTunes, Nintendo DSi and 3DS, PlayStation 3, and Nokia Series 40 phones—generally achieves better sound quality. It is also supported on PS Vita, Wii, Android, BlackBerry, and by manufacturers of in-dash car audio systems.The futuristic MPEG-H standard is still under development for an audio compression standard. AutoRip: Amazon offers MP3 access for past and future CD purchasesNeil Young shows off his studio-quality Pono music player Stay on targetlast_img read more

6 Security Measures Every Startup Should Take in 2017

first_img 5 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cyber criminals do not discriminate — every business, regardless of size and reputation, is a potential victim. In fact, small businesses and startups are seen as more appealing to them because they are more vulnerable and usually do not have the security mechanisms of bigger companies.In 2015 alone, number of data breaches in the U.S. increased to about 781, about 500 percent more than the number recorded in 2005. The number of records compromised stood at about 169 million, up more than 250 percent from 2005. This resulted in a financial cost of about $205.94 million. Looking at global numbers, about 707.5 million records were compromised (that is about 22 records every second) in 2015 alone, with this number rising to more than 5.8 billion since 2013.Regardless of how small or inconspicuous you may think your business is, havingcyber security measures in place  to protect your business’s data is a non-negotiable responsibility of every business owner and startup entrepreneur. Here are a few ways you can go about it.1. Conduct sufficient screening and background checks.While hackers catch most of the dissension for cyber breaches — and rightly so — a good number of breaches stem from internal sources. About 14 percent of global data breaches in 2015 came from within the business’s network firewall.Extensively screen all prospective employees. This goes beyond conventional calling references. Evaluate their knowledge of cybersecurity measures as well as their browsing patterns. It also helps to allow an initial trial period, during which their access to sensitive data is blocked or limited, while you monitor them for any suspicious network activity.2. Leverage a disaster recovery service.Any catastrophe, natural or intentional, such as hacking, can destroy your business’ database, in worst-case scenarios, causing a total or near-total shutdown of the enterprise. This can also cost your business financially. For Fortune 1000 companies, the average cost of infrastructure failure is $100,000 per hour.Disaster recovery services are built to ensure that your business’ data is always available to you especially in the event of an attack. It is designed to protect and restore data, servers or entire data centers. In case of outage, your systems can be recovered and restarted locally or in a cloud, enabling you to continue running your business’ applications until you can safely get back up and running.In today’s competitive business world, the rising cost of downtime and the competition to always be online has made disaster recovery service a viable IT business solution.3. Eliminate password vulnerability.Many people still use very predictable and clumsy passwords for sensitive records, such as their online banking account login information. See this list of some of the worst possible passwords people use to get a better sense of how vulnerable many of our accounts are. The general rule to follow is to use a mixture of numbers, letters and symbols of no less than eight characters. This is good, but you can take it a step further.A study conducted by Linkoping University in Sweden reported that 68 percent of online users reuse passwords, while 28 percent of users never change their passwords. Microsoft advises to never use personal information (such as your birth date), a rearrangement of commonly spelled words or a word constituting letters close to each other on the keyboard.Consider using words or phrases that you like, and make them at least 12 characters long. Have a unique password for each of your accounts. Create a master document that has all your accounts information on it and password this document too. You can also have a hand written copy of this master document stashed away in a safe place.Make it compulsory for your employees to change all their accounts passwords regularly, at least every 90 days. This will help protect your server from internal intruders and work place breaches and will maximize global data security across your business.4. Use a multi-step authentication process.While a strong password helps to mitigate the threat presented by hackers, an extra verification and confirmation process while logging in to any of your accounts can only make it better. Consider adopting a two-step verification process while logging into any of your online accounts on any device. The extra confirmation layer could be your biometrics, a security key or phrase or a unique one-time code sent your mobile number.Use this method to protect key banking, email, network and social media accounts, and get your employees to do the same. Most email providers, financial institutions and some other online services usually offer this feature as an opt-in.5. Keep all your software up to date.Hackers are always toying with new ways to breach security systems. This forces software companies to constantly work on improving the security measures on their product offering so that it is always safe against new and old threats.All you have to do to have these new security measures working for you is to update all your software. Your computer and networks are only as safe as their most recent software update.6. Be careful with links.Never click a link you get via email or IM if you cannot trace it back to its origin or if you were not expecting it. Even if it is from a known source, it helps to verify by calling the sender first to be sure. Oftentimes you may find out that their account has been hacked. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 22, 2017last_img read more

Ruby Rose leaves Twitter after fan backlash

first_img‘Beyond thrilled and honoured’Last week, Rose spoke of how thrilled she was to receive the role, and wrote of her excitement on Instagram. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This Trump supporter criticizes the new lesbian Batwoman and Twitter is not having itRuby Rose gets emotional over being cast as Batwoman: ‘I’m so thrilled’These are the LGBTI themes in comics we want to see more ofRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honoured,’ Rose posted.‘I’m also an emotional wreck… because this is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on TV and felt alone and different.’The Australian actress came to the attention of a wider audience with her breakthrough appearance on Orange Is The New Black. She’s went onto star in hits such as John Wick 2 and Pitch Perfect 3.Her latest blockbuster, The Meg, is in cinemas now.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Ruby Rose has become the latest celebrity to give on up Twitter due to angry trolls. Rose ditched the social media platform just days after it was announced she’d be playing Batwoman, as comic book fans upset about the casting choice flamed her online.Some fans raged online that the Australian wasn’t a good enough actress to play the role.Others argued that Rose wasn’t Jewish like Batwoman’s alter-ego Kate Kane, the Daily Mail reported.The news of Rose’s casting in the iconic role of one of DC Comics’ foremost LGBTI superheroes made headlines last week.TV network CW plans to have Batwoman appear in a superhero crossover story in their Arrowverse, the shared universe which includes the shows Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.There’s also talk of a solo Batwoman series in the pipeline. If this is commissioned, Rose will be the first actor to play an (openly) gay superhero. GAYSTARNEWS- Last week it was announced Ruby Rose will be playing Kate Kane, aka Batwoman | Photo: Instagram/Ruby Roselast_img read more